Sam

The Red Shoes at The Lowry

In Dance, Random on July 11, 2017 at 11:55 pm

I wasn’t going to see this, that was the plan. Not that I didn’t want to, I thought the tickets were probably expensive and left it at that. I kept catching adverts selling this great show and when I was at The Lowry one afternoon – I spontaneously bought the tickets, one for me and one for Andi (didn’t take much convincing to come!). I left it too late and got centre row S seats, that’s two rows from the back wall! It’s not too bad but wished I was closer, don’t get them again!

Fast forward to this evening. Circumstances in my life has changed but my passion for dance hasn’t. I missed dancing when I was off. The show was absolutely exquisite, it was spectacular in production – especially the inventive use of the stage. An elaborate curtains behind curtains, a show within a show. The dancers were amazing, their every move scrutinised by me and Andi, both in awe of their physical prowess. The choreography was wide and varied, I spotted tributes to Argentine Tango, Ballroom, Tap (the hilarious two Egyptians!) and maybe another Latin dance – of course interpreted through classical dancing.

I didn’t know much about the story, but I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know it. I loved every dancer up there, especially the lead lady – so charismatic. At one point I focussed solely on the way she moved her arms – we always think of dancing with feet but it’s really the entire body, and arms add so much dimension to their stature. The extra extension, the extra reach and arches make their stage presence felt. Every one of them, I admire so so much, to do this day in and day out. I know it’s not easy at all, to make us feel so good, to thrill us, the work they put in preparation and rehearsal is enormous. Respect to every dancer there, and their crew.

I adored the set, and I must say – it’s one of the best I’ve seen yet in all of my trips to the theatre. It’s so simple yet effective, one device to offer multiple scenes by using both sides. Plus the unexpected white backdrop was a lovely surprise, the layering and projection was wonderful. The lighting was brilliant throughout, creating a world for us to live in. As a designer, I really appreciated the stunning work done for the set. The ending was intense, like a klaxon heralding the end of our heroine. I was stunned by Casanova – now I’m stunned again by The Red Shoes.

It’s a must watch, I’m glad I decided to go. It’s unmissable I would even say.

It’s one of the best I’ve seen, everything is 5 star!

(Photos not taken by myself obviously, they were taken off image search, credit to the photographer)

 

 

 

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